Photograph: Mike Fahey

In my unending quest to make my consoles and controllers look uniquely fairly, I flip to Colorware, the corporate that’s been portray recreation {hardware} for twenty years. They do customized coloration Pleasure-Cons for $150 and particular restricted version designs for $200, which appear and feel superb.

There’s nothing incorrect with spending $70 on a pair of retail Pleasure-Cons in formally sanctioned Nintendo colours to present your Change a bit further oomph. I simply desire lots of further oomph: My Change dock has a wood-etched picture of James Ok. Polk on the entrance. I murdered at the least one Pleasure-Con turning my unique Change right into a watermelon wonderland. When it got here to sprucing up my second Change after passing on the unique to my youngsters, I wished one thing actually fancy. One thing like these.

Illustration for article titled Bow Before The Beauty Of My Custom-Painted Joy-Cons

Photograph: Mike Fahey

On the left now we have a metallic coloration known as “Glamor Gloss.” On the suitable, metallic “Diamond Gloss. The bumpers coloration, which could be chosen individually on the Colorware web site, is “Sweet Apple Gloss.” That’s three of the 32 totally different colours Colorware presents in each matte and gloss.

As soon as colours are chosen, Colorware takes a pair of official Nintendo Pleasure-Cons and paints them. These are usually not flimsy third-party shells—they’re Nintendo {hardware} with a bit one thing further. In comparison with unpainted Pleasure-Cons, they really feel barely thicker and fairly smoother. As a result of thickness of the added paint they match to the Change extra snugly, making the system really feel extra strong in handheld mode. The bumpers are pretty however extremely tight, which is ok as a result of ultimately I’ll lose them in a drawer.

Illustration for article titled Bow Before The Beauty Of My Custom-Painted Joy-Cons

Photograph: Mike Fahey

If selecting between a ton of various colours and gloss ranges is just too tough, Colorware additionally presents quite a lot of restricted version Pleasure-Cons, in addition to fully-painted Change consoles. I’m in love with their 16-bit Change, its colours paying homage to the Tremendous Nintendo, even when it prices $600, double the worth of an unpainted console.

As a substitute I’ve a pair of Joy-Cons Colorware calls “Illusion.” These glowing beauties are coated with an iridescent paint that reacts to mild. The colour shifts from a deep purple to a glimmering magenta relying on how the sunshine hits them.

Illustration for article titled Bow Before The Beauty Of My Custom-Painted Joy-Cons

Photograph: Mike Fahey

The impact is tough to see in a nonetheless picture, so I made a GIF. Behold, paint magic.

It’s so fairly. Colorware additionally makes an entire Switch with the Phantasm therapy, which is just too lovely for phrases.

I’m extremely happy with the best way Colorware has coated my Pleasure-Cons in paint. I’ve been admiring the corporate’s work for a few many years, and up shut and private it doesn’t disappoint. Take a look at the Colorware website to see all the opposite issues they paint, together with PlayStation four and Xbox consoles, controllers, and AirPods.

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